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Public Tours Of Detroit Train Station Extended Through Monday

Rare chance to look inside the historic building

June 22, 2018 - 6:00 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - After hundreds attended a big celebration at the old Michigan Central Station in Detroit, the public has a rare chance to check it out. 

In partnership with the Detroit Historical Society, Ford -- which bought the building with plans to renovate -- is offering the public free, self-guided tours of the train station during an Open House. 

The tours will run from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 22, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Due to popular demand, they've now added a tour on Monday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highlights include an open and airy exhibit that will show the history of the station and Detroit. A self-guided tour of the first floor Grand Hall, interaction points throughout the main corridor and an excerpt of an upcoming History Channel documentary about Detroit's comeback.

After roughtly 30,000 people registered for the event, according to organizers, there is a waitlist for the weekend tours. 

Get more information and make reservations at this link

Ford chairman Bill Ford says the company is planning a facility focused on the next phases in the auto industry, where the automaker will develop new technology, including for self-driving cars -- but that's not all. 

The historic building, Ford said, will become a "spectacular gathering spot" for people in Metro Detroit and a symbol that "Detroit is open for business for good."

"The grand hall is going to be completely renovated," Ford told WWJ Auto Beat Reporter Jeff Gilbert. "We're going to have restaurants, coffee shops and really fun retail experiences there. We want to make it uniquely Detroit."

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